During the summer of 2000, ISRAEL RESOURCE NEWS AGENCY acquired the new Palestinian Authority school books, the first curriculum produced by the Palestinian Authority, for use in the US funded UNRWA school system…ISRAEL RESOURCE NEWS AGENCY also facilitated the first translations of that curriculum through the late Papal Nuncio in Jerusalem, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, of blessed memory, with whom we were in dialogue at the time

After a thorough Vatican examination of the new PA school books, Archbishop Sambi declared that the new PA school books read more like war manuals, replete with  anti-Semitism   As a result, the Vatican asked the Italian government to reconsider its sponsorship of the A school books.

Italy followed Vatican advice and withdrew its support from these new PA school books.

A member of the Knesset at the time, Dr. Yuri Shtern, also of blessed memory, brought the Italian consul in Jerusalem to the Knesset where the Italian diplomat apologized for funding these new PA school books.

After ISRAEL RESOURCE NEWS AGENCY issued a news release about the new PA school books, a Rabbi associated with the campaign of Hilary Clinton for the US Senate in 2000 asked if we would share the new PA/UNRWA school books and their translations for Hilary to use in the campaign. We did so, on the condition that we would also supply her opposition candidate, Mr. Rick Lazio.

Hilary Clinton’s staff PA/UNRWA school books and made the issue of PA/UNRWA war indoctrination into an issue for the next eight years.

Hilary held numerous press conferences on the topic, and wrote oped pieces in which she demanded that the US government tie funding to the PA and UNRWA with a demand that the PA and UNRWA cease anti-Semitic incitement in their schools. See “Hillary Clinton: Link PA Aid to End to Antisemitism,” Jerusalem Post, 26 September 2000

Throughout her term of office in the US Senate, Hilary demanded that the US condition aid to UNRWA on the removal of Hamas terrorists from the payroll of UNRWA. Hilary had indeed supported legislation that passed in Congress in 2003 which made the removal of terrorists from the UNRWA payroll a matter of law.

Yet when Hilary became Sec’y of State, she forgot about the PA school books and forgot about the Hamas- UNRWA connection.

In January, 2009, as soon as Hilary became Secretary of State, Rep. Shelley Berkley, a Clinton ally who then served as a Democratic Congresswoman from Nevada, wrote to Hilary and asked the new Secretary of State to condition funds to the PA and UNRWA on a change in PA school curriculum and the removal of Hamas members from the UNRWA payroll.

However, Hilary would not respond to Congresswoman Berkley’s request, even though Nevada legislator asked exactly what Senator Clinton had advocated for eight years.

And when Hamas again won new UNRWA workers union elections in March, 2009, Hilary was called to testify in Congress in April 2009 after the latest Hamas takeover of UNRWA elections. Hilary was asked about   her response to terrorists on the payroll of UNRWA. Her response was that there are no Taliban members in UNRWA. She ignored the Hamas critical presence in UNRWA.

During Hilary’s term of office, the UNRWA budget increased from $400 million to $1.1 billion. And the US continued to pay for 33% of the UNRWA budget, without any condition that UNRWA remove Hamas terrorists from the payroll. Meanwhile,

US funds flowed to the PA during Hilary’s term of office, without any condition for the removal of textbooks or teachers that indoctrinate children to war.

Where was Hilary’s passion against Arab incitement, when she was Senator from New York?



Source: Hamas Allowed To Keep Platform In New Government

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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.


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